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Housekeeper accused of stealing jewelry from Brookfield home

Dec. 19, 2012

Sapphire and oval citrine pendants are among the list of items a housekeeper is accused of stealing from a town of Brookfield home as she worked.

The 36-year-old West Allis woman, who works for local cleaning service, was arrested Nov. 20 after a homeowner accused her of stealing items from a jewelry box between August and November, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

The case is now being reviewed by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office; no charges had been filed as of Tuesday's press deadline.

Also from the town police report:

The homeowner placed a small, white cloth inside the jewelry box before housekeepers arrived at her home. After noticing the white cloth in different positions after each visit, the homeowner began recording which items were present and which were missing after each visit. The homeowner called the business owner, who confronted the two housekeepers assigned to the home; both denied taking any of the items.

Officers checked with West Allis pawn shops close to where one of the employees lives and found that the woman had pawned several of the homeowner's items, including a heart pendant valued at $795. The employee had signed documents and provided a valid driver's license for all of the transactions. The homeowner identified the missing items through pictures taken after each transaction at the pawn shops. Some of the gold jewelry already had been melted down by the time police attempted to retrieve it.

The woman is accused of stealing 14-karat gold necklaces, charms, earrings, a gemstone ruby and diamond tennis bracelet, a sapphire pendant and an oval citrine pendant.

The total value of all of the stolen jewelry is unknown.

Prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the woman's possession at the time of her arrest.

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